Foraging for Freedom with Nicki Lynne – Episode 016

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This week on Homesteads and Homeschools, the Liberty Hippie welcomes Nicki Lynne to the show. Nicki is a mother of two and the curator and creator of Foraging for Freedom. Nicki is an author and homeschooling mother of two from Florida who does a bit of homesteading and is hoping to do even more in the future. During the show we talk about her experiences homeschooling and what they do on the homestead. We talk about how she manages to take her kids across country, plant vegetables, write countless words, and make it all educational. Go check out her books on amazon, and dig into all the content she produces on her website!

Nicki’s Links

After the show, the Liberty Hippie delves into some mycology stuff, and examines a few of the different uses for mycellium based projects from Ecovative Designs. (Unfortunately, in 2017, despite being concerned about climate change, Ecovative took a $9.1 million grant from the worlds largest producer of CO2, the US Dept. of Defense’s DARPA, but the technology is out there!) After talking mushrooms, again, the Liberty Hippie announces his participation in Agorafest 2020 along with today’s guest Nicki Lynne, Sherry Voluntary, Derrick Broze, and Gary Chatier. Stay tuned for more details.

Today’s Links

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Link to show notes for episode 15 with The Mt. Troll.

The Bottle Babies are Here!

A couple of weeks ago, we had the neighbors come over and show me how to stretch some woven wire fence. It wasn’t long after that we got our first goat, Cinnamon Sally. There’s no telling what she is, the vet we got her from called her a brush goat, so basically she’s a meat mutt. The first couple of days we had her, she was alone and sad. The books and such warn you that keeping a single goat is tough, and Cinnamon Sally proved them right. She was tough to get a hold of and was very untrustworthy, and on top of that, she was hardly eating despite having sweet feed and a couple acres of pasture. She was supposed to come with a buck, but unfortunately, the buck didn’t make it and so Cinnamon Sally came alone and we just had to hold on until the bottle babies were ready.

Cinnamon Sally
This past weekend we were able to make the 2.5 hour trek (one way) to pick up two more bottle babies, Paige and Rosey. They were three weeks old when we got them, and need to be fed four times a day; thankfully, we’ve been able to use this as a learning experience for the kids and feeding the goats has become their job.

Bottle Baby 1
I will admit, I had no idea what to expect when they first came, but I learned quickly: goats are loud, and they get angry! The other night I went out to do some weeding in the garden and feed the chickens, well, the goats heard me. At first they came over to the corner of their pasture and did some maa’ing at me. When I didn’t respond, they got louder, and the maa’s were almost tinged with a bit of distress, but when I continued to ignore them, their maa’s became angry and petulant.

Paige 1
They have quite the personalities, and while we don’t plan on eating these particular goats, I can already say for certain, that butchering any future kids is going to be a tough job.